Thursday, August 16, 2018

2018 Topps Archives - The Dodgers Base Cards

This week saw the release of only the retail packs of Topps' 2018 Archives Baseball brand. The hobby store boxes do not officially come out until next month. Why they staggered this release, I do not know. Nevertheless, we can now look at the various Dodger base cards that are available. See them and the lone Kershaw photo variation cards below. Go here to check out a complete checklist.

BTW, the real draw to this years set are The Sandlot cards; including autographs and throwback coins inserts. They borrow the vintage 1962 Topps Baseball card design. Check out a handful of them below.

Base Set

1959 Topps

#6 Yasiel Puig                  #12 Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 8/16/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Ryu was good. Really, really good! Per Doug Padilla at
After nearly 3 1/2 months in recovery mode from a left groin strain, Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu looked as sharp as he was before he was injured, if not better, delivering six scoreless innings. The left-hander gave up three hits, and two of those came in the fifth. Ryu struck out six and let only two baserunners reach second base. None made it to third. 
"It was huge," (Dave) Roberts said. "I've said it before, that you win with starting pitching. Our starters have been lights out, they really have. And to get [Ryu] back, the way he's throwing the baseball, that's a huge boost for our club."
Unfortunately, Ryu's effort wasn't quite enough, as the bullpen again failed to hold the lead. Then, walk-off magic happened in the 12th, courtesy of Brian Dozier, to break the losing streak.
"Last I checked, the majority of winning streaks always come after a loss, right?" Dozier said. "That's the thing with baseball, it flips just like that. Hopefully we can reel off a few in a row."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1950 Giants third baseman Hank Thompson hit two inside-the-park home runs off Dodger pitchers Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine at the Polo Grounds. Brooklyn got pummeled 16-7. In 1964 Cardinals great Curt Flood recorded eight consecutive hits against the Dodgers during a doubleheader in Los Angeles; including four hits against Sandy Koufax. Unfortunately, Koufax injured his elbow while on the basepaths and would not pitch again this season. In 1988 the Dodgers traded fan favorite Pedro Guerrero to the Cardinals for starting pitcher John Tudor. This move would prove to be an impactful one. In nine starts Tudor would solidify the rotation by going 4-3 with an 2.41 ERA and 3.36 FIP.
  • Happy Birthday, Hub NorthenBilly RhielRoger Cedeno & Yu Darvish!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

2018 Panini & Heritage Auctions Promos from the National - The Dodgers Cards

Below is a look at the handful of Dodgers' found in promotional packs of both Panini and Heritage Auctions.

Once again, Panini had two different kind of packs available. The Silver Packs were available as a wrapper redemption during the convention. The purchase of certain Panini products at the got you a certain number of packs. They also had Gold Packs available to only their VIP Party attendees. Go here to check out a complete checklist for the silver pack redemption cards. Go here to check out a complete checklist of Gold VIP Pack cards. As has been the case of late, the checklist provided by Panini is not entirely complete, so there may be other Dodger cards not listed below that have yet to be unearthed.

Furthermore, Heritage auctions also had a group of promotional cards available. Some details are at the bottom of this post.

2018 Panini National Convention - Silver Packs


#57 Clayton Kershaw
Dodgers                            Team USA

Blog Kiosk: 8/15/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

I prefer goofy pics of Kershaw over photos of last nights little brawl. I will add this, why is it the Giants that always starts this crap? Why couldn't that catcher just mind his own business? It should come as no surprise that Mr. "Don't Look at Me" started that game.
"When I missed the pitch, I knew that was the best pitch Watson was going to throw me, so I was a little upset," Puig said. "[Hundley] told me to stop complaining and get back into the box, and when I got into his face he told me to also get out of his face, so that's when I got upset."
"It doesn't happen with other teams, and it doesn't seem to happen when we're in San Francisco," Puig said. "It usually seems to happen when we're here, and I'm not going to let them act like that in our house."
I might suggest that the Giants strategy to get under Puig's skin is deliberate. Bochy is a crafty SOB.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1926 a daffy play happened to the daffiest of Brooklyn ballplayers. Outfielder Babe Herman, in the seventh inning and the bases loaded, hit a double off the right field wall and attempted to stretch it to a triple. Unbeknownst to him, two runners ahead of him failed to advance beyond third base. So, he cruised into third while two other Dodgers were standing there. Per the rules, the lead runner is entitled to the base, so Herman and the man who was on first (Chick Fewster) were called out. So, Herman doubled into a double play.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2018 Topps National Baseball Card Day Promo - All the Dodgers Cards

Now that the weekend has past I thought I would share pics of all of the Dodgers' found in National Baseball Card Day packs.

As you know, there were two separate events. First, there was a National Baseball Card Day promotion at every stadium in the league. On Wednesday, August 1st the Dodgers gave away Topps packs that included a complete 10-card Dodgers team set. Then, this past Saturday was National Baseball Card Day at participating hobby shops throughout the country. A purchase of certain Topps products would get you a pack of cards, and the only Dodger available in the base set is Cody Bellinger. Furthermore, autographed insert cards of prospects Alex Verdugo and Walker Buehler are also available. Go here for a complete checklist of both sets. To the right and above are pics of the pack given out at Dodger Stadium.

Hobby Shop Set  - Base

#21 Cody Bellinger

Blog Kiosk: 8/14/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Kershaw was his regular fantastic self last night -- going eight innings of four hit ball with nine strikeouts, no walks and one earned run. The bullpen, unfortunately imploded and could not hold the lead. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“We’re going to have to count on these guys, and Scotty’s been great all year,” Kershaw said. “Kenley has big shoes to fill. We know that these guys are a very talented group — guys that we trust, guys that have had our backs all season. Come the ninth inning tomorrow, whoever it may be, we have good faith that they can get the outs we need.”
“It’s another loss, which is no fun, but Arizona and Colorado we’re all right there. Nothing’s changed,” Kershaw said. “Obviously we’d like to win games when Arizona loses, when Colorado loses. But for now we just have to keep plugging away. I know it sounds cliché but it’s just going to come down to the last 40 games, and thankfully nobody’s pulled away yet.”
Photo above of Clayton Kershaw via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1919 the Dodgers and Cubs play a doubleheader that last a total of only two hours and seventeen minutes. In the opener, the Cubs blanked Brooklyn 2-0, in one hour and ten minutes, and in the nightcap, it takes the Dodgers one hour and seven minutes to shut out Chicago, 1-0In 1980 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent pitcher Tom Niedenfuer out of Washington State University. In a couple of years he would be a mainstay in the Dodgers bullpen -- recording 64 saves as a Dodger. 
  • Happy BirthdayMagic JohnsonFrank McCourtMark LorettaScott StewartMcKay Christensen & Juan Pierre!